The popular perception of government corruption — shaped by movies, television, and the news stories that are salacious enough to break through — often features set piece elements like cash bribes, parties in penthouse suites, or overt quid-pro-quos. That kind of misconduct is real, but it also overshadows the day-to-day reality of routine government corruption, and in turn, makes reform seem harder than it is.
The daily corruption of the system, and the perception of that corruption, helps explain why Americans’ trust that our government will do the right thing has plummeted. It also points to some critical solutions designed to put guardrails around integrity in government and to give the public increased faith that officials are working for the public benefit. Restoring integrity to government is at the heart of Accountability 2021’s platform of reforms. Learn more at: https://www.accountability2021.org/ethics/.
On Thursday, April 15, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern, government ethics and accountability experts will discuss the reality of government corruption, how it works in practice, and steps that federal officials can take to prevent it.
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